US lawmakers look into SpaceX launch that ended with lost satellite

Запущенный SpaceX секретный спутник упал в океан

SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk's goal is to flawless the technique so that rockets can one day become just as reusable as airplanes, thereby lowering the cost of space travel.

After the launch of USA spacecraft Zuma via Falcon 9 rocket of SpaceX, news regarding the failure of the mission started to surface. Rumors associated with the same stated that the mission lost control during the second stage of separation from the rocket and fell back into the Earth.

This was SpaceX's third classified mission for the USA government.

"We do not comment on such a mission".

On Monday, lawmakers were informed that the mission was "a total loss" and the payload plummeted back into the atmosphere when it failed to detach from the rocket, sources told the Wall Street Journal.

The satellite for the secret mission was built by Northrop Grumman Corp.

News reports said the satellite, named Zuma, may have plunged back toward Earth. That would have been about 1? orbits and normal for a second stage.

Zuma was built for the USA government, although it is unclear which part of the government.

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During a livestream of Sunday's launch, SpaceX said it got successful confirmation that the fairing - the clamshell-like covering for payloads at the tip of the rocket - did deploy.

"SpaceX is saying "'everything performed as expected, it's not our fault,"' a senior analyst and director of space studies with the Teal Group, said. After an extensive Air Force review, SpaceX was certified in 2015 to compete for military launches.

Representative Mike Rogers of Alabama (R-AL), who heads the House Armed Services Strategic Forces subcommittee, said in a statement Wednesday that "space is a risky business" but his panel remains "committed to providing rigorous oversight that accounts for that risk and ensures that we can meet all of our national security space requirements as the Air Force looks to competitively procure space launch services in the future". That broke up a longtime and lucrative monopoly held by a joint venture between Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co. known as United Launch Alliance, which has had 100 percent mission success in its 123 launches.

"I would have to refer you to SpaceX, who conducted the launch", Defense Department spokeswoman Dana White said repeatedly in a briefing Thursday at the Pentagon, citing "the classified nature of all of this". This year, it's aiming for more.

The company is preparing to launch its new Falcon Heavy rocket, made up of three Falcon 9 engine cores. If we or others find otherwise based on further review, we will report it immediately.

She said the Falcon Heavy is still scheduled for a static fire test this week.

The Falcon 9 and Zuma lifted off on-schedule at 8:00 p.m. ET January 7 from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

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